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Re: Neil Gaiman - American Gods (2001)
« Reply #15 on: September 10, 2008, 05:53:48 PM »
After reading the book 3 years ago, I can say nothing but good things about it. It turned me onto Gaiman like no other book has ever turned me on to an author. Everything else of his I read was also rather amazing, and I have to thank one of my friends for putting this little book into my hands....

Sadly, I turned around and put "Prey" by Michael Crap-ton into his before he left for Belfast... I was young and impulsive then...

Enough of that. Back to the book.

It's really got so few loose ends unnecessary plot contrivances that there's nothing I can say badly about the book, but it approaches Sci-Fi from a completely new and almost realistic angle that if suddenly you were approached by someone claiming to be Thor, you might halfway believe them.

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Re: Neil Gaiman - American Gods (2001)
« Reply #16 on: September 11, 2008, 03:04:45 AM »
this was the first Gaiman book i read.  i fell instantly in love, not least because i have an interest in a) mythology and b) stories that do different things with established myths/fables.  and also the fact that Gaiman is an exceptional writer of teh fictionz.
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Re: Neil Gaiman - American Gods (2001)
« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2008, 06:55:39 PM »
I actually started off with the graphic novel, Sandman. After I finish American Gods I plan on reading everything I can. Any suggestions for what to read next or an order?
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Re: Neil Gaiman - American Gods (2001)
« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2008, 07:24:41 PM »
I liked Coraline a lot. It's basically for kids, but it's one of the creepiest things I ever read. I also like Neverwhere. I think that happens to be some kind of book based on a television series (written by Gaiman, too), but I haven't seen the show.

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Re: Neil Gaiman - American Gods (2001)
« Reply #19 on: September 11, 2008, 07:32:56 PM »
I enoyed Sandman very much; I thought the story telling and artwork were both fab. His books are a blast, American Gods is my favorite.
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Re: Neil Gaiman - American Gods (2001)
« Reply #20 on: September 14, 2008, 10:33:47 AM »
I liked Coraline a lot. It's basically for kids, but it's one of the creepiest things I ever read. I also like Neverwhere. I think that happens to be some kind of book based on a television series (written by Gaiman, too), but I haven't seen the show.

Neverwhere was based on a TV show that was screened on the BBC back in the mid-90's. Unfortunately, this was before they decided to actually spend money on fantasy shows, so the effects are a bit dated. It would probably work better now, with a Doctor Who budget. The DVD has been released. I think the book is better myself.

Thing I found with Gaimans writings is that it doesn't translate well to the screen. I give you Beowolf and Mirrormask. Even Stardust had huge holes in that a truck could drive through. (the film, not the book)

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Re: Neil Gaiman - American Gods (2001)
« Reply #21 on: September 14, 2008, 09:45:10 PM »
I actually started off with the graphic novel, Sandman. After I finish American Gods I plan on reading everything I can. Any suggestions for what to read next or an order?

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and if you enjoy graphic novels: Black Orchid
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Re: Neil Gaiman - American Gods (2001)
« Reply #22 on: September 16, 2008, 06:05:10 PM »
Done and done! Thanks.
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Re: Neil Gaiman - American Gods (2001)
« Reply #23 on: September 18, 2008, 03:41:18 AM »
Neverwhere's another Gaiman book of merit.  I really need to read it again considering I tore through it in 3 days and lent (gave) it to a friend shortly after.  For Marvel comic and Gaiman fans, 1602 is must read.  His Eternals mini recently was also really solid as a whole even if it takes a while to build.


I loved American Gods and Anansi Boys both, even if the telegraph of having a character named Mr. Wednesday gave itself away far too early in the book for me.
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Re: Neil Gaiman - American Gods (2001)
« Reply #24 on: September 18, 2008, 04:13:16 AM »
I loved the book version of Neverwhere. I think the DVD version of the BBC show is worth renting only because it has a commentary by Gaiman explaining his intentions and how they were thwarted by the low budget of the BBC show, and just hearing him speak about the story and commenting on it along the way.
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Re: Neil Gaiman - American Gods (2001)
« Reply #25 on: September 18, 2008, 05:36:01 AM »
So my sister comes up to me and asks why there was a man completely disappearing into a hooker's vagina. Now contrary to what you might think, her boyfriend did not show her any bizarre porn. She had been listening to the first bit of American Gods.

I explained the basics of the world in American Gods and she seemed interested. I think she's listening to the book :) She often leaves her iPod with me for a few hours, expecting cool audiobooks to magically appear on it (and it works too!).

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Re: Neil Gaiman - American Gods (2001)
« Reply #26 on: September 18, 2008, 05:54:31 AM »
It is difficult to apply it to a certain genre. There's elements of fantasy of course (but not epic/high fantasy mind you), and Wikipedia mentioned Americana.

I'm roughly halfway through the book at the moment, and am liking it very much. Perhaps Anansi Boys will be next on my reading list.

I loved American Gods.  If you like audio books, try to get a copy of Anansi Boys as read by Lenny Henry.  Brilliant book, brilliant reader.
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Re: Neil Gaiman - American Gods (2001)
« Reply #27 on: September 18, 2008, 03:08:16 PM »
It is difficult to apply it to a certain genre. There's elements of fantasy of course (but not epic/high fantasy mind you), and Wikipedia mentioned Americana.

I'm roughly halfway through the book at the moment, and am liking it very much. Perhaps Anansi Boys will be next on my reading list.

I loved American Gods.  If you like audio books, try to get a copy of Anansi Boys as read by Lenny Henry.  Brilliant book, brilliant reader.

When Anansi Boys was published I was able to go to a reading with Neil and Lenny doing a Q&A session. Fortunate enough to hear Neil read the hangover description, which apparently was Lenny's idea - never been a good hangover description in a book before according to Lenny. Not a bad night for a fiver.

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Re: Neil Gaiman - American Gods (2001)
« Reply #28 on: September 21, 2008, 09:54:06 PM »
Good Omens, which was co-written by Terry Pratchett, is another excellent book.  Except now I laugh every time I watch The Omen.

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Re: Neil Gaiman - American Gods (2001)
« Reply #29 on: September 21, 2008, 11:18:16 PM »
I have to say, I was not a huge fan of the book... It was ok.. I thought the idea of the Gods being made real by worship reminded me of the Piers Anthony series Incarnations of Immortality...

I read it, and wouldn't tell anyone to NOT read it.. but I wasn't amazed by either the plot, writing, or resolution of the book..  3 stars out of 5..
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